Diploma of English for Academic Purposes

The Diploma of English for Academic Purposes provides direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore. Students are taught at Curtin Singapore Campus and have full access to campus facilities.

The Diploma consists of four 13-week units: one General English unit and three Academic English units.

Navitas English pathways

General English

The General English course prepares students wishing to improve their all-round English language with real-world English skills that they can use anywhere; as well as prepare students for the Academic English units.

Study skills developed include:

You will focus on the basic elements involved in English communication, i.e. the macro skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the language systems (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation). You will also be prepared to progress on to the Academic English units.

Course assessments

You will be assessed on a continuous basis through a combination of progress tests, speaking and writing tasks and participation. You must pass with an overall grade of 60 per cent.

Speaking tests: 20%

Writing tests: 20%

Reading tests: 20%

Listening tests: 20%

Language awareness tests: 20%

Academic English

The Academic English courses provide direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore.

Study skills developed include:

  • Academic study and assessment skills – You will be taught critical thinking, research techniques, exam skills and how to avoid plagiarism.
  • Academic writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills – You will learn how to plan and write Australian-style academic texts such as research reports and essays. You will be taught how to read for context and expand your vocabulary, and also learn how to plan and deliver an academic seminar with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. You will also learn how to take notes in lectures and summarise the meaning.

Course assessments

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and assignments including, writing, reading, speaking and listening. You will also be assessed on work you do outside of class as homework throughout the 13 weeks. You must obtain at least a 55 per cent pass result in each assessment for Academic English 1 and Academic English 2 with a final overall score of 60 per cent. While for Academic English 3, you must obtain at least a 50 per cent pass result in each assessment. Overall score required to progress from Academic English 3 depends on Curtin University or Curtin College program the student is joining. Diploma of Arts and Creative Industries program requires 50 per cent overall, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Technology require 60 per cent overall, and Bachelor of Communications and post-graduate courses require 65 per cent.

ProgramProgression requirement
- Diploma (Stage 1)
- Diploma of Commerce (Stage 2)
Successful completion of Academic English 2 with a final overall score of minimum 60% and 55% in each assessment
- Diploma of Arts and Creative Industries (Stage 2)Successful completion of Academic English 3 with a final overall score of minimum 50% and 50% in each assessment
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Information Technology
Successful completion of Academic English 3 with a final overall score of minimum 60% and 50% in each assessment
- Bachelor of Communications
- Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals
- Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management
- Master of International Business
- Master of Supply Chain Management (Professional)
Successful completion of Academic English 3 with a final overall score of minimum 65% and 50% in each assessment

Entry requirement

Cut-off scores

GENERAL ENGLISH 2ACADEMIC ENGLISH 1ACADEMIC ENGLISH 2ACADEMIC ENGLISH 3
- IELTS (academic) 4.0
- TOEFL iBT N/A
- PTE Academic N/A
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 2
- IELTS (academic) 4.5 overall, writing 4.5, other bands 4.0
- TOEFL iBT 32 overall, writing 12
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 3
- IELTS (academic) 5.0 overall, writing 5.0, other bands 4.5
- TOEFL iBT 35 overall, writing 14
- Minimum GPA of 60% from Academic English 2
- IELTS (academic) 5.5 overall, writing 5.5, other bands 5.0
- TOEFL iBT 46 overall, writing 18

Class size

Maximum 19 students.

Study hours

Weekly duration

There are 15 contact hours. Students are also required to do 5 hours of MyStudy (self-access via Moodle) per week. Classes are held from Monday to Friday with three different study schedules.

Course fees

Tuition fee

ProgramFee before 8% GSTFee including 8% GST
Diploma of English for Academic PurposesS$3,800 per unitS$4,104 per unit

Material fee

Number of unitsFee before 8% GSTFee including 8% GST
1S$169S$182.52
2S$211S$227.88
3S$253S$273.24
4S$290S$313.20

Fees listed are indicative and subject to annual increases.

View our fees and charges page for full details.